Comfort Suites O'Hare Airport
4200 N. River Road
Schiller Park, IL 60176
Phone: (847) 233-9000
Fax: (847) 233-0842
Schiller Woods offers visitors a respite from the hustle and bustle of city life as well as plenty of opportunities to spend a day out with friends and family in nature. With open play fields, gently rolling rills, trails and forest paths, there is plenty of ways to enjoy the outdoors from taking a hike through the woods, fishing at the pond, sledding down the hill which is specially maintained to be child safe, picnicking at one of the 13 outdoor shelters, bird watching and more. Nature enthusiasts will appreciate the chance to spot wildlife like the deer as well as several types of birds like great horned owls, winter wrens and Cooper's hawks. A small bit of prairie preserved close to the city offers trails along the East river road to explore birds, plants and insects. During summer, the charming array colorful wildflowers along the stretch are a sight for sore eyes, the area can be explored via the brown trail. Visitors can even volunteer to work on the Des Plains River Valley Restoration Project on a monthly basis. To find out more, visit the website.
What began as a small private collection of Hummel Figurines in the 1960s, is now one of the largest collections in the world. Visitors to the museum can check out the intriguing collection which numbers more than a thousand and contains many rare pieces as well.
Located in the historic Irving Park neighborhood of Chicago, this cemetery has been in operation since 1918. Spread out over 88 acres (35.6), this peaceful green space is more than just a final resting place. A place of quiet contemplation and peace, the cemetery offers a calm and hushed setting to remember loved ones away from the rushed chaos of the city. Marble tombstones, mausoleums and crypts stand as a powerful reminder of the past. Irving Park Cemetery as a member of Dignity Memorial offers a variety of services for those who have lost a dear one including a 24-hour Compassion helpline and grief management library.
In the heart of the village of Norridge lies the Norridge Park, home of the Norridge Park District. Being the main park of the village, this place is usually crowded with folks looking for some recreational activities. Among the facilities here are tennis courts, softball fields, playgrounds, a swimming pool, and basketball courts. The Norridge Park also plays host to community events, including sports events and concerts.
This picturesque little waterfall sits pretty within the Monument Park, and offers fantastic photo-ops. Beautifully integrated into the park's landscape, Rosemont Waterfall is a refreshing sight.
Standing by the Willow Creek, Margaret J. Lange Park offers facilities like basketball courts, a softball field as well as a playground for kids. The park is regularly host to fun activities for the kids, especially during summers.
Brickton Park is a slice of cool shade and greenery in Park Ridge, IL. Located a few minutes drive from Catherine Chevalier Woods, it is spread over 5 acres (2.023 hectares). As such, Brickton Park offers plenty of outdoor fun activities for all the family. It features playgrounds, seating areas, drinking water fountains and lots more. Apart from that Brickton Park also incorporates a soccer field and a ball field. Just about 5 miles (8.05 kilometers) from O'Hare International Airport, Brickton Park finds many takers during pleasant summers days.
The Cernan Earth and Space Center is a public planetarium named after astronaut Eugene Cernan, one of the persons to leave his footprints on the moon. In the 44-foot (13-meter) dome theater, one will find a series of tech-savvy equipment. The Space Center has outstanding laser projections and a three-screen projection system, star projector, slide and special effects projectors, film projector and a sound system that has multiple speakers and channel mixers. The Cernan Center is ideal for school and college children to explore space through various public programs. Call or check out the website for costs and timings.
Jaycee Park offers the residents of Park Ridge a recreation and outdoor space. With plenty of options to stay fit while enjoying some friendly competition, play team sports like soccer, baseball or basketball. If you enjoy tennis, the park also has tennis courts so you can perfect your serve. Kids will enjoy the playground and the chance to romp about the open green space. A lively local park, there are enough choices to enjoy a healthy, fit lifestyle while remaining in the city center.
Eaton Field Park, located on Craig Drive, is a nice little urban park with lots to offer for the members of its peripheral communities. The park incorporates lots of features that give many outdoor opportunities for adults and children alike. They have playgrounds with swing sets, slides and such, a sand box for toddlers, picnic tables and benches. Eaton Field Park also includes a ball field, basketball court, soccer field and many other amenities that offer many opportunities for play.
Located just about 4 miles from O'Hare International, Dam No. 4 Woods, along with preserves such as Chippewa Woods and Catherine Chevalier Woods, is supported by the fertile banks of River Des Plaines. Dam No. 4 Woods separates the villages of Schiller Park and Harwood Heights with a floodplain thicket, that interestingly, stops flooding in the neighboring communities. As such, the preserve is home to many birds and animal species such as deer, beavers, squirrels and lots more. Dam No. 4 Woods feature some picnic spots and marked as well as unmarked trails, some of which even include riverside hikes.
Located in downtown Park Ridge, the Hodges Park is a favorite recreational spot for the locals. Centrally located, and easily accessible by public transport, this park has allows for a good day spent outdoors with the family. There is also a War Memorial and two fountains here, which make for an aesthetic viewing. Call for more details.